吳作人 WU ZUOREN (1908-1997)

Born in Jiangsu, China. Wu Zuoren studied in the department of fine arts at Shanghai Art University in 1927. Later, he transferred to the department of fine arts at Nanguo Academy of Arts. In 1928, he was admitted to the National Central University where he followed Xu Beihong for intensive studying. From 1930 to 1935, Wu Zuoren traveled abroad to study in Europe. He first attended the école nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris, and then went to the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles. During this period, Wu won a fellowship from China and graduated from Belgium's Royal Institue of Fine Arts in 1935, honored with Laureate Student. Since 1949 he had been the Dean of Studies, Vice-president, President and Honorary President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts; Chairman of Chinese Artists Association, and Vice-Chairman of China Association of Writers and Artists. Wu also founded and endowed the nonprofit organization "Wu Zuoren International Foundation of Fine Arts” for educational purpose. Wu is a respected oil painter as well as educationist, and was invited to hold numerous exhibitions, lectures, and cultural exchanging events. He won a French literary and art order of honor in 1984, and in 1986 he was honored with a top level Belgian royal honorary order. His works are collected among the collections of museums, galleries and private collectors from home and abroad.

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